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VLC Player hits v1.0.0 milestone; adds new features

by Tarinder Sandhu on 9 July 2009, 09:47

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Part of our current notebook and system testing suite, VLC (VideoLAN) Player is a free, open-source, cross-platform program that can playback almost all video content without the user needing to install third-party codecs. We use v0.9.9 to measure CPU utilisation when decoding QuickTime clips at various resolutions.



The team behind VLC have announced that the v1.0.0 release, dubbed Goldeneye, is now available to download after 13 years of work.

There are a bunch of new features in the release, including instant pausing; frame-by-frame support; better video scaling; new formats (Raw Dirac. M2TS); new HD codecs; new skins, and live recording.

The Windows 32-bit version can be downloaded from here, and other operating systems here.

What we'd like to see is GPU-based decoding of certain high-definition codecs, as provided by MPC-HC, for example. Anyway, let us know what you think of v1.0.0.


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“What we'd like to see is GPU-based decoding of certain high-definition codecs, as provided by MPC-HC, for example. Anyway, let us know what you think of v1.0.0.”

What more is there to say? Without GPU-based hardware acceleration its one big fail for me…
I agree MPC + K-Lite Mega Codec Pack (it now includes HC) is my main player.

VLC makes an excellent backup though.

Too bad they (VLC) removed the ability to extract a clip from a DVD (although you can still do the whole DVD).
I like that they added a frame-by-frame advance option (I remember them saying before that it was too much hassle to add due to the design of VLC), and I'm also hoping it fixes some mkv/ass subtitle issues I've been having.

I've preferred to use Quicktime (+ perian & flip4mac) for a while now due to its interface and features, but I'm looking forward to giving VLC another go.
Gets my vote everytime, just works.
PeteSmith
Gets my vote everytime, just works.

Unless of course you want to use 5.1 digital output. I have to use Zoom Player or MPC for that.